Civil rights leader to speak Feb. 6Andrew Young, a civil rights leader and former statesman, will speak at The University of Akron E.J. Thomas Hall at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 6. Young's presentation will be the fourth event in the 2006-07 University of Akron Forum Series, and is sponsored by The University of Akron Pan-African Center for Community Studies, the NAACP, Project Coming Together and E.J. Thomas Hall. Single tickets are $8 each or $4 each with a University of Akron identification. For tickets, call the E.J. Thomas Hall ticket office at 330-972-7570.Former public employees to meet All retired Public Employees are invited to come to the Feb. 6 luncheon meeting of Summit County Public Employee Retirement, Chapter 21 at 11:45 a.m. at Akron's Tangiers Restaurant, 352 West Market Street. Dr. Dennis Taylor of Hiram College will discuss the Impact of Global Warming on North East Ohio. Reservations should be made with Dick Paddison 330-929-1368.Low cost spay/neuter clinics to be offeredThe Citizens for Humane Animal Practices, in cooperation with Summit County Executive James B. McCarthy's Department of Animal Control, is offering low cost spay/neuter clinics for cats at the NEFCO Building, located at 180 E. South St. in downtown Akron.CHAP and the Summit County Department of Animal Control will have clinics on the following dates:* March 17;* April 7;* May 5; and* June 2All spay/neuter services will be provided at the rate of $35 for male cats and $45 for female cats (price includes a $5 non-refundable fee). Those interested in taking advantage of these spay and neuter services are asked to pre-register by calling 330-724-6181.Red Cross looking for heroesThe American Red Cross serving Summit and Portage counties and the city of Wadsworth are asking area residents to recommend someone who has saved or sustained a life to honor in the Red Cross' next "Acts of Courage" awards dinner.The Summit County Chapter will again honor local heroes in its 11th Annual "Acts of Courage" awards dinner March 6 at the Tangier Restaurant in Akron.If one knows someone who has saved or sustained a life using lifesaving techniques such as, water rescue, CPR, first aid, saved someone from choking, or pulled someone to safety from a life threatening situation, call the Red Cross at 330-535-2351 and ask for a nomination form or send an e-mail to for more information.Akron Bar Association offering grantsThe Akron Bar Association Foundation, the charitable arm of the Akron Bar Association, is a grant provider for law-related, educational and charitable programs throughout the greater Akron area. The Foundation is currently seeking grant applications with priority given to organizations with programs that meet one or more of the objectives of the Foundations' mission:* Improve the quality of justice through public service;* Improve the quality of justice through law-related education;* Improve equal access to justice;* Improve the justice system;* Promote better understanding of the law;* Promote effective legal services to the public;* Promote the image of the legal profession;Funding determinations are made on the basis of written applications. Application forms and instructions can be obtained from the Foundation web page at Applications for funding must be delivered to the office of The Akron Bar Association Foundation, Seven West Bowery St., Suite 1100 in Akron 44308 no later than 4 p.m. March 31. Grants will be announced in May. Late applications will not be accepted.For additional information, call Joseph S. Kodish at 330-434-3461.